Mass. College Hockey: BU’s Eichel Signs With Buffalo Sabres

Boston University's Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend's NHL Drat to ink his name on a three-year, entry level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.  (Photo Courtesy NESN.com)
Boston University’s Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend’s NHL Drat to ink his name on a three-year, entry level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy NESN.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University rising sophomore Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend’s NHL Draft to ink his name on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Eichel, who hails from Chelmsford, was the second round pick in this year’s draft. His decision to sign with Buffalo ended his collegiate career with the BU men’s ice hockey team.

“I’m super excited to be a part of this organization,” Eichel told NHL.com. “I signed today and that makes it official that I’ll be leaving school and pursuing my career in professional hockey, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”

As a member of the BU Terriers men’s ice hockey team, Eichel claimed the Hobey Baker Award (second freshman to earn the award since Maine’s Paul Kariya won it in 1993) and netted 26 goals and 45 assists in 40 games. Eichel guided the Terriers to a Hockey East regular-season and tournament crown, and helped the Terriers reach the NCAA Championship contest.

Boston Bruins Prepare For An Emotional Evening (LINKS)

The Boston Bruins expect Wednesday's contest against Buffalo to be emotional! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)
The Boston Bruins expect Wednesday’s contest against Buffalo to be emotional! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It is expected to be an emotional evening at the TD Garden as the Boston Bruins play host to the Buffalo Sabres.

The game, which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. face-off, will mark the first time the Black and Gold skate on their home ice since Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. And while we’re still a few minutes away from the contest, we thought we’d provide a few links from around the web about this particular contest.

Bruins-Sabres Links

* Bruins coach Claude Julien knows a win would be huge for the city

* FOX Sports has an article about how the Bruins will help with the healing process

* Black and Gold supporters should feel extra safe this evening as security will be “tight” at the Garden, according to the Associated Press

* Boston Globe’s Matt Peppin posted a few notes about this evening’s game on the Bruins Blog, along with a tidbit about Brad Marchand, who will be raffling off his suite for the team’s first home playoff game with all the proceeds benefiting Martin Richard‘s family.

* Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy blogged about the Bruins donations toward the families affected by the bombings

* Similar to the Bruins, the Sabres know this game will be emotional

* NESN will be updating their LIVE Blog throughout the evening and you can access it by CLICKING HERE

Daily Noontime – April 6, 2012

Austin Jackson drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, which helped Detroit defeat Boston on Opening Day! (Photo Credit: Nashua Telegraph)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means we’re a few hours away from a brand-spanking new weekend! So, let’s pass the time with some headlines and news from the city of champions…Boston!

* Despite a ninth inning rally to tie the game, Detroit’s Austin Jackson drove in the game winning run in the bottom half of the same frame, which helped the Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day, 3-2. Jon Lester lasted seven innings, and gave up six hits, one run and struck out four batters, while Justin Verlander recorded eight innings on the bump and fanned seven batters.

* Boston and Detroit will resume their three-game series on Saturday, Apr. 7 – first pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm.

* For the second night in a row, the Boston Celtics fell to a playoff contender, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Green and White, 93-86. Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 22 points, while Luol Deng led all scorers with 26 points.

* The Boston Celtics are now 30-24, and will attempt to snap their two-game losing skid on Saturday when they travel to Indiana for a 7:00pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins won their final regular season road contest on Thursday, as they defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-1. Boston will return to the TD Garden on Saturday for their last contest of the 2011-12 slate against the Buffalo Sabres.

* Finally, FC Dallas handed the New England Revolution their third loss of the season, as they defeated the local soccer squad, 1-0.

Daily Noontime – March 9, 2012

Boston has now won back-to-back games for the first time since January 10 and 12. (Photo Credit: Star-Telegram).

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into another grand-slam edition of the Daily Noontime! We’ve got some news, updates and headlines, so let’s get rolling!

* The Boston Bruins earned their 40th win of the season on Thursday when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1. Gregory CampbellJohnny Boychuk  and David Krejci all scored goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 19 shots. The Bruins have now won back-to-back games for the first time since January, and will return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Washington Capitals at 1:00pm.

* The Boston Celtics will look to snap their one-game skid on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers at 7:30pm. The Green and White are currently clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, and would probably play against Chicago or Miami in the playoffs. However, there is still a decent amount of time remaining before the tournament begins, right?

* According to reports – former Boston Celtics guard-forward Gerald Green inked his name on a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday.

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team didn’t exactly recover from a slow start on Thursday during their first ACC tournament game, as North Carolina State handed them a 78-57 loss.

* Finally, the Providence College men’s ice hockey team shocked University of Massachusetts (Lowell) on Thursday in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals, 5-3.

Daily Noontime – March 8, 2012

Evan Turner's 26 points helped the Philadelphia 76ers defeat Boston on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Philly.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news from the Hub.

* Philadelphia snapped Boston’s five-game winning streak on Wednesday, as the 76ers defeated the Celtics, 103-71. Evan Turner led all scorers with 26 points, while Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 16 points. Boston will return to the hardwood on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers.

* The Boston Bruins will look to build off their 5-4 victory against Toronto on Thursday when they host Buffalo at 7:00pm.

* Sources confirmed on Wednesday that Andrew Ference and Daniel Paille both skated on their own in Wilmington. Head coach Claude Julien told the media that having both of them on the ice is a “good sign.”

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team will begin their quest toward capturing an ACC tournament championship on Thursday when they tip-off against North Carolina State at 12:00pm. The Eagles ended their conference slate with a 4-12 record, as well as ended their 2011-12 campaign with 9-21 record.

* Finally, we’re a few days away from the start of a new MLS season, as the New England Revolution will kick-off their 2012 slate in San Jose on Saturday.

Daily Noontime – February 24, 2012

According to Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, no news has been reported about Jason Varitek's future in the MLB! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, and before we break out into song and dance, let’s kick-start the weekend with some news and headlines from the Boston sports scene.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Friday evening when they skate against the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30pm. If the Black and Gold are able to salvage a win, they’d be able to earn their first back-to-back wins since January 10-12.

* The Boston Red Sox conducted their first official team workout on Thursday, as pitchers participated in live batting practice, so they could simulate pitching against an actual batter. Bobby Valentine was rather pleased with his numerous pitchers, especially Jon Lester and Daniel Bard. Also, GM Ben Cherington told the media that there was no current updates on team captain and catcher Jason Varitek, who is expected to make a decision on his big league career soon.

* New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told members of the media on Thursday that his “guarantees” were a mistake. He used that particular word to attempt to motivate his team, especially since Gang Green reached the AFC Championship contest twice over the past three seasons. Although, the head coach seems confident that the Jets will be able to turn the page, continue to have fun, and focus on the overall goal — winning a championship.

* The Harvard University men’s basketball team will return to the hardwood on Friday evening when they welcome the Princeton University Tigers to Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7:00pm. The Tigers defeated the Crimson earlier this season, as well as knocked Harvard out of the ESPN/USA Top-25 poll, too.

Daily Noontime – February 23, 2012

Kevin Durant proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news from the Boston/New England sports world, enjoy.

* Oklahoma City proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics, as the Thunder prevailed, 119-104. Boston managed to outscore Oklahoma City in the third frame, but struggled to contain Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who combined for 59 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 23 points each. Boston will enjoy a few days off until they return to the court next week, as they travel to Cleveland for 7:00pm tip on Feb. 28.

* The Boston Bruins regrouped on Wednesday, and earned an important 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues. Brad Marchand netted two of the teams goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 30 shots between the pipes. The Black and Gold will continue their six-game swing on Friday, Feb. 24, when they travel to Buffalo for a 7:30pm face-off.

* The Boston Red Sox will conduct their first positional players workout on Thursday, which according to some sources is anticlimactic, especially since a majority of them showed up earlier this week. However, reports have confirmed that Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement on Thursday about his plans for the upcoming season. It’s uncertain if he’ll elect to join the Sox for the upcoming year or what he’ll do, but again, this long awaited free agent saga should come to an end soon.